Hoosiergirl Wanders

An Indiana Girl in a Florida World

Where the Buffalo Roam: Antelope Island State Park

From the moment I knew we would be visiting Antelope Island State Park, on one of the Great Salt Lake’s islands, “Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope play,” played on repeat in my brain.  Just writing that line has had me silently singing it non-stop as…

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Hot Tub Hopping at Diamond Fork Hot Springs

6am.  This is the unnatural hour we decided to start day two of our Salt Lake City trip.  With limited vacation hours, our goal was to make every hour count.  By 6:30 we were in the car heading one hour south of Salt Lake City to Diamond Fork Hot Springs.  For all of our effort,…

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Chasing Waterfalls and Climbing Canyons

I knew that ziplining would have to be part of our birthday weekend celebration,  but it needed to be amazing.  So in my research I came across the Utah Adventure Company in Ogden.  Here they offered two amazing adventures,  ziplining in front of a waterfall and/or climbing the Via Ferrata.  While the Via Ferrata looked…

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A Last Minute Utah Adventure

What do you do when Hurricane Matthew ruins your vacation plans to visit Hilton Head,  South Carolina?  Well,  you book a last minute flight to Salt Lake City of course,  and then spend the few days prior to your departure frantically trying to research and create a workable itinerary.  Instead of sun and sand we…

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Forts and Fish: Snorkeling at Dry Tortugas National Park

One of the best surprises on our Key West trip was that Geoff had planned a day trip on the Yankee Freedom to Dry Tortugas National Park.  We love visiting national parks, and a couple of years ago on a trip to the Smoky Mountains, I purchased a National Park Passport.  I love collecting cancellation…

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Hemingway’s Hallowed Grounds

When I think of great American writers, names like Fitzgerald, Dickinson, Steinbeck, and Hemmingway top my list of favorites. Lucky for me, Hemmingway spent a good portion of his life living and writing at his home in Key West.  And even though I have been to his Key West home before, I just can’t pass…

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Fort Zach State Park

As you first enter Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park it may feel like you are trespassing on a military operation.  Located adjacent to the Naval Air Station of Key West, Ft. Zach as it is affectionately called, encompasses the true Southernmost Point on Key West.   We had a day of sightseeing planned, so…

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Cubs Fever

You all know by now that I love the Cubs.  And for me last night was truly one of the greatest nights of my life.  So as I sit here pinching myself to make sure that the Cubs being in the World Series for the first time in 71 years is not really a dream,…

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Bahia Honda State Park

So imagine Caribbean blue waters and palm trees swaying in the summer breeze and you have an inkling of what Bahia Honda State Park looks like.  Literally off of US 1 on Big Pine Key, there is a quiet oasis that begs you to swim in its turquoise waters and step on its sugary white…

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Key West Road Trip-Part 1

Everything about our trip to Key West was a huge surprise.  Four days before our anniversary I began a new job and thought that we would not be doing any traveling for quite awhile.  Boy was I wrong.  Unbeknownst to me, Geoff had reached out to my boss to get approval for me to have…

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